The week of August 23rd, I went on a business trip in New York City- the land of bagels, pizza, fried rice and gyros. If resisting these temptations weren’t hard enough, the buffet in the hotel lobby was made up of greasy foods and sugary drinks. I was sitting in my room, looking for nutritious alternatives to the buffet when I heard some commotion coming from the hallways. Little to my knowledge, we experienced an earthquake – I didn’t even know earthquakes could hit NYC. Rather shocked and confused, I turned the news on to find there was going to be yet another natural disaster waiting for me- Hurricane Irene was expected to hit Florida on the day of my return!
With all of the stress building up regarding Mother Nature, I needed to hit the gym. I soon learned my hotel’s “Fitness Center” was made up of one treadmill and a broken weight machine. The only positive side to this fitness failure was the water fountain was one of the most high end water fountains I’ve ever seen… and the towels were rather soft as well, but that’s beside the point. Both the towels and water fountains are senseless when there is nothing in the room that even makes you sweat, let alone thirsty.
Lucky for me, I always have a plan B. I bring a stability ball and resistance bands whenever I travel- precisely for this purpose. Now, some of you are asking how the heck I can carry around a big stability ball. Well, it’s easy! Stores now carry deflated stability balls that you can inflate once you’re ready to use it; and when you’re finished, all you have to do is let the air out and put it back in your suitcase! Simple, huh?
For most of my workout, I was the only one in the fitness center, but after about 30 minutes of training, people started to come in and ask to join me. I let them use my equipment and showed them how easy it was to work out on their own. You don’t need big bulky weight machines or the newest cardio equipment to have a great workout. I showed my new workout buddies that all you need are resistance bands and your own inflatable stability ball.
On the second day of my vacation, I went down to the fitness center at the same time to find my “workout buddies” waiting for me. I was thrilled that they enjoyed working out with me and valued my fitness advice. Half way through our training, a woman asks me, “Well what do you do about the buffet situation? How do you avoid all of those tempting foods?” I responded by explaining that it all comes down to will power. I told her about the man I found across the street that made fresh, delicious juices- he’s the one who supplied my breakfast. He put apples, ginger, carrots, etc. in my juice; it was a great alternative. I also went to the grocery store to find healthy snacks, such as raisins, almonds (a fantastic craving killer!) and other stuff to munch on throughout the day, instead of the buffet.
Vacationing is supposed to be fun and stress free. So if you don’t have the resources to workout, don’t fret! There are alternatives. Go get an inflatable stability ball and a pair of resistance bands. You’ll find that you’ll still have an intense workout. Also, avoid those foods in the buffet that are filled with grease and calories. Find a place, your own little home away from home, which sells the foods that keep you looking good, but more importantly- feelin’ good! Enjoy your trip!